Jan 31, 2023  
2019-2020 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Surveying Engineering Technology

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Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 125

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: The three course math sequence (MAT122, TME152, TME253) requires a “C” or better in each class to move to the next class.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: SVT majors must accumulate a GPA of 2.0 in all required SVT classes.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: SVT 490

Contact Information: Prof. Raymond Hintz, 316 Boardman Hall; ray.hintz@maine.edu

The Surveying Engineering Technology program trains individuals to enter a career in professional surveying. The program is designed to provide a graduate with sufficient skills to enter surveying practice and succeed.  The degree is offered both live and on-line.

The Surveying Engineering Technology program provides quality instruction in surveying and engineering topics blended with business and communications. The objective of the program is fulfilled by providing students with a foundation in mathematics, science, communications, social science, and humanities; coupled with topics in plane surveying, construction surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing, boundary law, civil engineering technology, cadastral surveying, global positioning systems, land development design, and geographic information systems. The specific program educational objectives are to prepare graduates to:

  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of skills in mathematics, basic physical sciences, business, surveying, and engineering sufficient to pass professional registration exams.

  • Show proficiency in using surveying equipment and gathering experimental and surveying data for the use of analytical and problem-solving skills reasonably expected for surveying practice necessary to be in responsible charge of surveying operations.

  • Be able to apply design skills sufficient to meet employer and client expectations in the areas of land development and survey operations planning.

  • Conduct themselves ethically and professionally and exhibit personal integrity and responsibility in surveying practice.

  • Be proficient in written, oral, and graphic communication to deal with promotion of professional services, business communications, reporting to clients, interacting with peers, and addressing client matters in public forums.

  • Awareness for the arts, humanities, social sciences, and diversity and their place among society and the profession in taking leadership roles in the community and profession.

  • Be able to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment, and lead when necessary to accomplish a given mission or project when providing professional services to the public.

  • Recognize, participate, and appreciate the need for quality improvement of services, continuous improvement of professional skills, and embarking on lifelong learning.

The student is taught a variety of surveying topics in a highly technical and rigorous curriculum. The primary focus is educating students to enter a rewarding career as a professional land surveyor. Students that enjoy outdoor activities will enjoy a career in land surveying.

Degrees are awarded upon satisfactory completion of 125 credits at an accumulative grade point average of not less than 2.0 overall.  Students must also achieve at least a 2.0 grade point average in all required SVT/CET courses. 

The Surveying Engineering Technology (SVT) program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.

The recommended sequence of the four-year curriculum is outlined below.  Copies can be obtained in the School of Engineering Technology office.

Student Outcomes

Prior to graduation, students are required to demonstrate the following learned capabilities:

a. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities

b. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies

c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes

d. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives

e. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team

f. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems

g. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature

h. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development

i. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity

j. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context

k. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.


Incoming students are required to have a laptop computer.  Visit our website for recommended configuration details.

Special Option for foreign students receiving a BS in Surveying Engineering Technology (SVT)

The courses, 

are preparation for licensure as a land surveyor in the United States and may not apply to a foreign student who plans on surveying outside of the United States.  Therefore it is possible for a foreign student to substitute for the course from the following list.  The total number of credits taken from this list must equal or exceed 6 credits.  Note these courses are also program electives but in this case cannot be counted towards that total if substituting for the above 6 credits.

A foreign student can choose the present curriculum taken by U.S. students.  These substitutions must be approved by the SVT program coordinator before they are taken.

Suggested Curriculum for the B.S. in Surveying Engineering Technology

First Year - Second Semester

Third Year - First Semester

Third Year - Second Semester

Fourth Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - Second Semester

Students must see their advisor for approval of all electives.

1Courses that meet the program elective requirement should be picked from the list of Surveying Engineering Technology Program Electives and approved by an advisor.

2General Education Requirement Electives do not have to be taken in the order shown.

3May substitute SFR 208 - Geomatics, Coordinate Geometry, and GPS with permission of advisor.

4SVT 221 fulfills Western Cultural Traditions Elective.

5Communication Elective - any CMJ class above CMJ 103 or equivalent.

6Students can switch CET 202 and ENG 201.

7MET 484 meets the Ethics and Human Values/Social Context requirements.

Surveying Engineering Technology Program Electives

The following is a list of approved program electives. Advisor’s approval is required before registering for any program elective. No course will be approved if its subject matter is substantially a repeat of a course you have already taken.

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